strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
drmet (103) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
-Pours cloudy yellow-golden with a big fluffy eggshell-colooured head
-Medium head retension for a Hef
-very high carbonation visible
-very grassy and spicy (Coriander more than clove)
-bananas and honey
Follows the nose plus bubble gum a reduced Banana flavour with a slight bitter grassy finish
light-medium body with medium-high carbonation
Erdinger is not your typical Hefeweizen.Its very much noble hop forward instead of Banana-clove forward.
Generally though,i find it doesnt quite match good hefeweizens esp. in terms of flavour.
Rperez (170) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Incredible solid beer, perfect for the summer another great European beer, wouldnt mind another one right now
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MelvinKalksma (60) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Banana, wheat, honey, yeast, not much else.
Slightly turbid golden-yellow beer with a nice white head.
Really refreshing, banana, honey.
A really good weißbier, refreshing and easy to drink. The taste is good, but nothing special (even for a weißbier).
Bawelt (20) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAY 20, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nez plutôt inexistant.
En bouche, on sent beaucoup le blé dans une sensation qui se rapprocherait de celle d’un blini.
Une bière agréable mais qui peut largement souffrir de la concurrence de Weihenstephan dans le même style.
Reeej (32) - Suwałki, POLAND - MAY 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Butelka 0.5l do 01.02.2016r. Barwa złota, lekko zmętniona. Piana biała, bardzo drobna, obfita, dosyć szybko opada i oblepia szkło. W aromacie czuć nuty chmielowe, pszeniczne i drożdżowe, ale ogólnie przyjemnie i świeżo. W smaku takie nijakie, a wręcz wodniste. Nie ma niczego wyraźnego, no może przebija się jakaś delikatna kwaskowość. Jest delikatne żelazo, ale dopiero po sprawdzeniu. Alkohol ukryty. Nasycenie spore, za duże jak dla mnie. Nic ciekawego, piwo poprawne, ale nudne jak polskie koncerniaki. Nie polecam za taką cenę.
MrBlueSky93 (418) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s.
Pours yellow-gold slightly cloudy, 2 finger white head. Aroma of banana, wheat, grain, zesty orange. Taste of wheat, banana, grass, grain, some orange too. Nice!
oczek2015 (50) - Przemyśl, POLAND - MAY 20, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Piwo w swoim stylu słabe, rozczarowuje, jedynie do czego nie można się przyczepić do wygląd (Barwa i piana). Aromat i smak słabiutko. Sprawdzone ale powtórki nie będzie.
EkinTelli (33) - TURKEY - MAY 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
taste like regular pilserner but smoother. Hay aroma is not bad but it has less bitter taste
lcanhadas (1) - - MAY 18, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice and balanced. Not so strong as other weisses but still with the different scent and taste.
Benfi (631) - DENMARK - MAY 18, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good appearance and not much good about this beer. Cereal aroma with some honey. Taste is better: some sourness, refreshing, but no trace of expected weizen notes.